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Villone gets invitation to spring training

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are close to announcing that Ron Villone has accepted a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Villone was 3-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 70 appearances last season.

The Yankees have many ways they can go in the bullpen. Rivera, Proctor, Farnsworth and Vizcaino are locks and I believe they want to keep Mike Myers as a specialist.

Villone, Brian Bruney, Chris Britton, Jose Veras and Sean Henn will be among those competing for jobs. It also makes sense that they would keep a starter-type (such as Jeff Karstens) as a long man.

But Villone, a former starter, can go multiple innings.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: They just handed out the release. One-year, minor-league deal. He could make close to three million. The Yankees now have 63 players on the spring roster.




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